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Chinese Visitors Tap Into Derby's Logistics Expertise

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Date posted: 11 April 2013

A Chinese delegation looking to develop its country's massive logistics and delivery network met with University of Derby experts.

Derby - which has its own specialist Centre for Supply Chain Improvement - has joined with the University of Coventry, Hull College, Telford College of Arts and Technology, and Stephenson College (of Nottingham and Coalville) in a consortium set-up by Skills for Logistics (SfL); the Sector Skills Council licensed by Government to tackle the recruitment and productivity needs of the supplies and delivery sector.

Thirty executives from Chinese educational establishments and authorities visited the University of Derby yesterday (Wednesday March 10), as part of a week's visit and discussions with the UK consortium's members.

The visitors are interested in developing China's logistics sector through a vocational approach to training and are keen to learn from the UK, including the structure of its National Occupation Standards for Logistics qualification, and the Apprentice and Higher Apprentice schemes - an area in which the University of Derby is leading the way. The UK's own logistics industry is worth over £93bn to its economy.

At Derby the delegation was welcomed by Vice-Chancellor Professor John Coyne and given a tour of the University's facilities. They were also treated to presentations on Foundation and Honours degrees in Logistics, Derby's new Masters degree in Supply Chain Improvement, its Higher Apprentice framework, and the research and consultancy work of the Centre for Supply Chain Improvement. This was followed by an evening dinner in the city.

Christine Jones - Subject Head for Logistics, Marketing and Strategy in the University's Faculty of Business, Computing and Law - said: "China's industries are growing at an incredible rate and, as in any other country, good supply and delivery networks are critical to economic development.

"With its specialist Centre for Supply Chain Improvement, Derby was a natural place for the delegation to learn more about employers and universities engaging to provide world class vocational education. We hope the visit will lead to strong future links between China and the consortium of UK education institutions set up through SfL."

Ren Haoxiang, Vice-Chairman of the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing, is part of the visiting delegation.

He said: "We were very grateful to the University of Derby for the warm welcome it extended to us.

"It gave us a thorough introduction to the ways in which it cultivates talent in the logistics sector, and we have gained a deeper understanding of the ways in which the UK system links academic and vocational diplomas and qualifications. In this field, there is much China can learn from the UK's experience."

Dr Mick Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Skills for Logistics, commented: "Cooperation on vocational education in the logistics sector between China and the UK will consolidate trust between the two countries, encouraging further mutually beneficial exchanges.

"It will lead to greater inward and outward student mobility, giving students direct exposure to and knowledge of what will soon be the largest economy in the world."

The official visit to the University of Derby follows its first annual Logistics Week (held February 25 to March 1) which was attended by industry speakers from major companies including DHL, TNT and Norbert Dentressangle.

The University of Derby has existing international partnership agreements with Chinese institutions including Tongji University, Jiangsu University, the Beijing International Vocational Education School, Beijing Geely University, CST Ningbo University and Shandong Jianzhu University.

For further press information please contact Sean Kirby, University of Derby Press and PR Officer, on 01332 591891 or email: s.kirby@derby.ac.uk

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